SRINAGAR: In a commemoration function organised to pay tributes to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Monday said that whosoever supports Kashmir’s right to self determination would find people of Jammu Kashmir along with him.
Geelani was addressing a gathering at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar at an event organized by Dal Khalsa to mark the anniversary of the 1984 riots. Geelani said, “Whosoever supports right to self-determination for Kashmir would find people of JK along their side. People of Kashmir have been fighting from the past six decades for their birthright that was itself promised to them by the Indian state.”
Reiterating that his amalgam will continue to strive for the return of mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, who were hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail in 1984 and 2013, respectively, Geelani said, “While one incident of Jalianwala Bagh was witnessed in India, scores have been so far witnessed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said the mission of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru “will be taken to its logical conclusion.”
The Hurriyat (G) chairman also criticised the role of Indian media during recent floods in Kashmir. “It is a known fact that floods didn’t hit my residence. Our area was safe from the fury, but Indian TV channels claimed that I was rescued by the army during floods, which is a blatant lie,” Geelani said, adding that the people living in India must confirm themselves about the ground situation in Kashmir, as the media never shows the real picture of the region.
Geelani also castigated the authorities over launching a massive crackdown on the pro-freedom camp in the Valley.